In Black Butterfly Antonio Banderas plays Paul, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who picks up a drifter (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. Soon enough just how bad an idea that was becomes abundantly clear…
Black Butterfly is a remake of the French thriller, Papillon Noir by Herve Korian; a version that starred ex-footballer Eric Cantona. May this Brian Goodman directed version please be worthy.
Piper Perabo, Nathalie Rapti Gomez and Timothy Martin also star.
Around the time the Chilean mining accident took place in 2010, I learned only the basics of what happened; namely the number of men trapped and the fact that fortunately, against the odds, they all made it out alive.
Starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Mario Casas, Gabriel Byrne and Rodrigo Santoro, The 33 is the story of the 33 men, those who helped get them out and their experience of the day of the accident through to the rescue.
Directed by Patricia Riggen, The 33 had me thinking about how much people really need each other to make it through. The survival of all the 33 took a lot of different decisions and actions both big and small, by the men trapped deep underground and people outside.
The movie is just over two hours and it did feel a little long at one point but that was likely more about myself along with probably a lot of the audience wanting and willing the suffering of the men to end already. We all knew that all would be well in the end, of course, whereas the 33 men had no idea.
Would I have watched this movieif the ending wasn’t as happy? Probably not because that would likely make it a horror movie and I’m not really partial to those. The story I did watch is well told and it’s about what it can take to survive when the odds are against you.
One thing you’ll certainly notice as you watch this movie is how good the music is. The man responsible is the unfortunately late, great James Horner, the composer better known for his work on James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009). May he rest in Peace.
If you’ve glanced upon a few of my posts, you may know that I adore the work of Cate Blanchett. But what I’m yet to properly express is my appreciation for the talents of Christian Bale. To talk about that I need another post.
Today however, I sat at my computer as usual, hopeful for some new trailer delights – when Knight of Cups (2015) happened.
First I saw Director Terrence Malick’s name and like a good and loyal canine, up my ears went. Then Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett’s faces appeared. (Yes and yes!) By this point I was sure that my excitement had peaked. But then…
Natalie Portman! I haven’t seen my dear ‘Lady Portman’ in something amazing since Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (2010). So right now, happiness is most definitely me.
The idea that I’ll be able to maintain any semblance of calm on the day I go see Knight of Cup is very, very wrong. Until then, I have this…
It’s not particularly the best / most thrilling trailer I’ve ever seen, but the talent… Oh the talent!